I had the pleasure of seeing Twin Atlantic with my sister at the Aberdeen Music Hall on the 29th October. For those of you who don't know Twin Atlantic, they are a Scottish rock band from Glasgow and they are signed to the new label, Red Bull Records. I had heard of them and liked their music before, and had their newest album "Free" on my iPod, but was not a die-hard fan at the time and was going with my sister as she got 2 tickets for her birthday as she was a big fan. 

Unfortunately, we missed the first support act, Dead Sara, who were meant to be very good (but did not sound like my sort of thing so I was not too upset). We arrived just as Charlie Simpson was doing a sound-check, and my 9 year old self surfaced as I fan-girled at the site of the ex-Busted member. 

He played 5 songs, all quite long, but good. His bass player was incredibly loud and the lights were so flashy I thought I may have a fit, but it was a nice teaser for the evening ahead.

About 20 minutes after Charlie played, A large white sheet was brought up over the stage and it dropped as Twin Atlantic started. The songs were brilliantly ordered, the show starting with their popiest tune, Time For You To Stand Up, with the set list ordering their songs new-old-new-old, some from Free, others from Vivarium, even A Guidance From Colour. They ended the first part with Free, probably their most well known song, and I was glad they did not start with it as the whole gig seemed to be working towards the moment when a packed room of fans screamed "I SET MY BODY ON FIRE SO I COULD BE FREEEEEEE!".


All My Loving was  a beautiful cover; Sam McTrusty and his guitar made a nice contrast compared to the screaming rock minutes before, and I was surprised at how quickly he could change from shouting to serenading a whole room of fans, whom by now were all almost dead at the rates their hearts were melting. The rest of the band, Ross Mcnae, Barry Mckenna and Craig (Mc)Kneale, walked on afterwards to a well deserved round-of-applause; despite the incredible-ness of McTrusty's voice, he would be nothing without the rest of the band.


But by far the 3 songs of the night were Crashland, Yes, I Was Drunk and Make A Beast Of Myself. McTrusty barely had to sing a line of Crashland as the crowd sang their Aberdonian hearts out. About halfway through the song, I remember he shook his head in disbelief at the crowd, and he looked like he might tear-up, before joining in with the crowds again. Yes, I Was Drunk was the same; McTrusty needn't have sung as the fans did it for him. Make A Beast Of Myself was so loud I was sure I was going deaf, but nobody cared, screaming lyrics at the top of my lungs, with beer in my hair and sweat on my face it may have been the most enjoyable moment of my life. Now, being 14, that may not say much, but I don't think it's high ranking will drop as I get older, and that is saying something.

20 songs and a good 2 and a half hours later the gig ended, with a dramatic, heart filled speech from McTrusty and several bouncing balls in the audience before a stage dive from the front man himself and (afterwards) a few ambulances. 


The merch from the gig went within minutes, with only a lucky few getting their hands on tour tee-shirts and one girl purchasing a signed Charlie Simpson tee-shirt for a measly £20. The merch itself was only £15 a tee-shirt, £5 a wrist band and £25 a jumper.


Over all, an incredible night, and not one easily forgotten.


10/10




I had the pleasure of seeing Twin Atlantic with my sister at the Aberdeen Music Hall on the 29th October. For those of you who don't know Twin Atlantic, they are a Scottish rock band from Glasgow and they are signed to the new label, Red Bull Records. I had heard of them and liked their music before, and had their newest album "Free" on my iPod, but was not a die-hard fan at the time and was going with my sister as she got 2 tickets for her birthday as she was a big fan. 

Unfortunately, we missed the first support act, Dead Sara, who were meant to be very good (but did not sound like my sort of thing so I was not too upset). We arrived just as Charlie Simpson was doing a sound-check, and my 9 year old self surfaced as I fan-girled at the site of the ex-Busted member. 

He played 5 songs, all quite long, but good. His bass player was incredibly loud and the lights were so flashy I thought I may have a fit, but it was a nice teaser for the evening ahead.

About 20 minutes after Charlie played, A large white sheet was brought up over the stage and it dropped as Twin Atlantic started. The songs were brilliantly ordered, the show starting with their popiest tune, Time For You To Stand Up, with the set list ordering their songs new-old-new-old, some from Free, others from Vivarium, even A Guidance From Colour. They ended the first part with Free, probably their most well known song, and I was glad they did not start with it as the whole gig seemed to be working towards the moment when a packed room of fans screamed "I SET MY BODY ON FIRE SO I COULD BE FREEEEEEE!".


All My Loving was  a beautiful cover; Sam McTrusty and his guitar made a nice contrast compared to the screaming rock minutes before, and I was surprised at how quickly he could change from shouting to serenading a whole room of fans, whom by now were all almost dead at the rates their hearts were melting. The rest of the band, Ross Mcnae, Barry Mckenna and Craig (Mc)Kneale, walked on afterwards to a well deserved round-of-applause; despite the incredible-ness of McTrusty's voice, he would be nothing without the rest of the band.


But by far the 3 songs of the night were Crashland, Yes, I Was Drunk and Make A Beast Of Myself. McTrusty barely had to sing a line of Crashland as the crowd sang their Aberdonian hearts out. About halfway through the song, I remember he shook his head in disbelief at the crowd, and he looked like he might tear-up, before joining in with the crowds again. Yes, I Was Drunk was the same; McTrusty needn't have sung as the fans did it for him. Make A Beast Of Myself was so loud I was sure I was going deaf, but nobody cared, screaming lyrics at the top of my lungs, with beer in my hair and sweat on my face it may have been the most enjoyable moment of my life. Now, being 14, that may not say much, but I don't think it's high ranking will drop as I get older, and that is saying something.

20 songs and a good 2 and a half hours later the gig ended, with a dramatic, heart filled speech from McTrusty and several bouncing balls in the audience before a stage dive from the front man himself and (afterwards) a few ambulances. 


The merch from the gig went within minutes, with only a lucky few getting their hands on tour tee-shirts and one girl purchasing a signed Charlie Simpson tee-shirt for a measly £20. The merch itself was only £15 a tee-shirt, £5 a wrist band and £25 a jumper.


Over all, an incredible night, and not one easily forgotten.


10/10


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